Kolhapur, May 29: Have heard that due to heavy rains, we suffer the cable shutdown or power cuts, right? No more! As the city has received Rs 22.66 Crore for building an underground power network under the Integrated Power Distribution Scheme (IPDS) of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), the consumers will not have to suffer anymore.
The new underground power networks system will let users have hassle free experience without having to suffer from power cuts or shaky wires while walking on the roads. Chief Engineer of MSEDCL, M G Shinde, said that the present elevated power supplying network is vulnerable to nature’s wrath. “Despite our maintenance, strong winds, heavy rain can disturb power supply. To provide uninterrupted power supply in the city, we have received RS 22.66 Crore under IPDS. The tender process has been completed and work will start soon,” he said.
Further, Shinde added, “Under the scheme, we will form 118 km underground network of low tension lines and a network of 47 km of high tension line in the city. The company will install 168 feeder pillars in the city. The consumer can look forward to the uninterrupted power supply with stable pressure with the underground network.”
He explained that the underground power cables are much safer than the overhead power supply network and have the longer life. “Another major advantage of an underground network is that it will prevent the power theft. An elevated power network needs constant maintenance for uninterrupted power supply. We can also save on maintenance costs after installation of the underground power network,” he said.
Executive engineer of Kolhapur Urban Division Sunil Mane said they are some facing problems in roadside digging to lay the underground cables. “The municipal corporation has become the hurdle in the work as officers are not cooperating despite our promise to pay digging charges. Once these issues are resolved, our work would be completed at a better pace,” he said.